One of the most anticipated games of the year has officially gone gold, as Ubisoft announced on its blog: Far Cry 4 has gone gold and it’s cleared to release on November 18 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Ubisoft calls the new entry “a major leap forward for the series” and marketing boss Tony Key said that after the huge success of Far Cry 3, this IP is now one of the company’s marquee brands (although Assassin’s Creed is still king). Ubisoft expects Far Cry 4 to ship upwards of 6 million copies in its first year at market and if it happens, it won’t surprise anyone.
But if you really think about it, this could – and should – surpass Sony’s E3 2014 showing.
The confirmed titles alone make it a contender for one of the best conferences of the year, and if the rumors are true and Sony unveils a few new PS4 exclusives, it’s gonna be epic. I think it’s interesting that Sony is pushing this event so hard; they’ve called it “massive” and they’re obviously not pulling any punches. Just about every major upcoming game for their new console might be on display, and that could include brand new projects we’ve never heard about before.
It almost makes me wonder if this is designed to keep PS4 interest high throughout the holiday season. Remember, they don’t really have a high-profile exclusive to help push the new system over the next few months. There’s LittleBigPlanet 3 but that doesn’t really have the necessary firepower (and don’t forget that it’s also on PS3). The Xbox One, on the other hand, has Sunset Overdrive and a few others, so one could argue that Microsoft has the holiday edge. Not to mention that recently announced price cut.
But even if Sony is using this as more of a marketing ploy, so what? It could be absolutely incredible!
As of late, Ubisoft games tend to sell better on the PlayStation 4.
During the publisher’s latest earnings report (as cited by GameSpot), we learn that Ubisoft titles have sold better on Sony’s new console.
The chart provided through the link is self-explanatory: While Xbox One was fourth for the quarter ending September 30, PS4 led the way. In a three-month stretch (the quarter ending September 30), 21 percent of all sold Ubisoft games were for PS4, while only 9 percent were for Xbox One. For a six-month period, a whopping 32 percent of all Ubisoft games sold were PS4 titles, as opposed to 15 percent for Xbox One. The PS3 also outstrips the Xbox One in both comparisons.
This isn’t overly surprising, though, as Ubisoft often partners with Sony to deliver exclusive content for the PlayStation brand. You may also recall that several high-profile titles, including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, simply performed better on PlayStation 4. Gamers notice these things.
And of course, there’s the sales discrepancy to consider: At last count, the PS4 had sold over 10 million units worldwide, while the Xbox One had only managed about 6 million.
With such budgets, you have to assume you’ll see some seriously slick promotion.
For example, Activision has released a live-action trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and the production values are absolutely nuts.
It boasts a mix of live-action footage and CGI and it’s set to “Salute Your Solution” by The Raconteurs. We get an eyeful of futuristic combat, along with a variety of weapons, gadgets and vehicles. Also starring in the short film are Taylor Kitsch (“John Carter”) and Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”); it was directed by Peter Berg (“Long Survivor”), so yeah, there’s some Hollywood influence here.
Not long after the free Power of Shadow content pack comes information on the game’s first full expansion.
The Lord of the Hunt DLC has been announced for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and it’s scheduled to be released this year.
It’s part of the game’s $25 Season Pass and the expansion introduces the new Beastmaster Warchief. Protagonist Talion must team up with Torvin the Dwarven Hunter to take on the Warchiefs, and the player will enjoy “hours of new gameplay.” Here’s the full list of additions:
New Story & Lore: Discover more tales from Torvin, the Dwarven Hunter, as you work together to tame the beasts of Mordor and fight Sauron’s minions.
New Missions & Challenges: New Beast Hunting challenges and collectibles open up new trophies and achievements.
New Nemeses: Face off against the Beastmaster Warchiefs, powerful new Uruks who have the ability to ride monsters and engage in perilous mounted combat.
New Monsters: Ride into battle on the Wretched Graug to vomit toxin at your foes, stalk your enemies on the predatory Caragath and attack from the shadows or raise an all-consuming Ghul Horde.
New Epic Runes: Make your Mount unstoppable with five new epic Runes that make you the ultimate hunter.
Test of the Wild: Test your skills against the Beastmasters and mount your trophies on the leaderboard.
New Character Skin: Lord of the Hunt skin transform Talion into the ultimate Beastmaster.
If you haven’t yet tried the much-hyped preview, you just got more incentive.
Konami has announced a price drop for all boxed versions of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The game can now be purchased for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for only $20.
The digital copy can be purchased for $20 as well on PS3 and 360, but this version remains $30 for PS4 and Xbox One. So as of now, the boxed version for next-gen consoles is definitely the way to go, and it’ll give you a chance to check out Hideo Kojima’s latest masterpiece. A peek at the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes offers a glimpse of greatness.
For all you Westerners who are on the Project Diva bandwagon, this is great news.
As announced over at the PlayStation Blog, all the planned Japanese downloadable content for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd will be delivered to North America.
The upcoming sequel launches on November 18 (three days later for Europe) in both disc and digital formats, and it’ll be available for PlayStation 3 and Vita. “The world’s most popular virtual singer” will get plenty of support after she goes live, as content will be released every two weeks for almost six consecutive months. There will be Costume Modules, UI Skins, and Rhythm Game Songs; check the pricing through the link above.
If you want to snag it all right out of the gate, you can purchase the $29.99 Song Club and/or the $69.99 Costume Club, which gives you access to all DLC songs and costumes, respectively. The first extra content hits the PlayStation Store on December 9.
And for those of you who are wondering, yes, this is a huge fascination in Japan.